Tuesday, June 8, 2010

One Year Ago Today...

our sweet little Izzie had surgery. On June 8, 2009, Izzie had a partial nephrectomy. She was born with a duplicated right kidney and had the duplication removed. This was the first major surgery any of my children had. Will had a lot of issues with his ears and had 3 sets of tubes and his adenoids removed, but all of his surgeries were minor enough to be performed at a surgical center instead of the hospital, the surgeries were very fast and we took him home that same day. Izzie had to go to Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Her surgery lasted 3 1/2 hours and she had to stay for 3 days.

Thank God everything went well. They were able to remove the duplication, but leave two fully functioning kidneys behind. We had known about her condition since around 24 weeks gestation, so I was quite relieved to have it behind us. Throughout our experience, I did gain a whole new perspective. First of all, I am so grateful that we live 20 minutes from one of the best Chlidren's Hospitals in the country (Cinci was just ranked among the top 8 in the country.) Our surgeon told us he had another patient with Izzie's condition, but her family was driving five hours each way for her appointments and surgery. I could not imagine. This was stressful enough with us being so close to home.

I was also reminded once again how blessed we are with wonderful family and friends. Our parents came to the hospital with us to support us there. We had four other children at home. Our family and friends saw to it that a couple of people were there around the clock so that we could both be with Izzie and comfort her and help her recover. There are not words to express what that meant to us. Again, we had plenty of stress without also having to worry about hurrying home to take care of the others.

Finally, I was shown how blessed we are to have healthy kids. Yes, her surgery was scary, but it is over. I know that there are parents who have been through many surgeries with their children and face many more. Izzie stayed a few days at the hospital to recover. The first night was awful, but after that, it was just her regaining her strength. To look at her today, you would never know anything had happened. To have five children, four of them premature quadruplets, in excellent health, is something I will never take for granted. I have been abundantly blessed.

Izzie in a great mood arriving.

They measured her...

and checked her heart.

She modeled her adorable hospital gown.

The nurses and staff were amazing with her! When her anaesthesiologist nurse came in, she saw it noted in her file that she was a quad. The nurse had delivered her son the same day as the babies at the same hospital! She said that the whole labor and delivery unit was still buzzing about the quadruplets that had been born that morning. She pointed out that she had known of Izzie since the day she was born! She couldn't have been in better hands!

Izzie resting after surgery

Taking a bottle from Mommy

Cuddling with Daddy

Just a couple of days later, she was back to good ole Izzie-Boo-Boo!!

She got to play in the playroom for a bit before we were released.
Izzie, April 2010


  1. I think we all need to remind ourselves at times how blessed we are to have healthy, happy children. Thanks for the reminder this morning, and I'm so glad to see how well everything is going for your Izzie (and all your kiddos!)! :)

  2. It's hard to see them all hooked up to everything after the surgery, isn't it? Glad too, that it's over and done and that she's moved on to be a healthy, thriving little girl. The scary things that happen really do bring it all home though, don't they?